TOWSON, Md. (Feb. 20, 2016) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's basketball team lost on the road in a Landmark Conference matchup to host Goucher, 75-54, on Saturday at the Gophers' Decker Sports & Rec. Center. The loss brings the Mariners to 9-15 (2-13 Landmark), while Goucher improves to 9-16 (4-12 Landmark).
Sophomore Tichina Carmon (Greenville, N.C.) led Merchant Marine with 10 points and four rebounds, while junior Allie Drake (Centereach, N.Y.) added eight points and six boards off the bench. Sophomore Jenna Wetherington (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) contributed eight points and classmate Samantha Drake (Centereach, N.Y.) and junior Rachel Wehlburg (Herndon, Va.) contributed six points each as well.
The Gophers opened up the game to a 15-9 advantage after the first quarter. The second quarter is when the hosts started to pull away. Goucher went up by 22 to end the half (39-17) thanks to their 51.6-percent shooting from the field (16-for-31).
In the third quarter, the Gophers went up by as many as 25 points. Even though Goucher shot 60-percent in the third, the Mariners were able to keep the deficit from getting much larger by shooting a perfect 14-for-14 from the charity strip. After the third USMMA was down 25 points, 60-35. Merchant Marine brought the deficit down to just 19 points late in the fourth quarter, but that was the closest the visitors would get.
For Goucher, senior Amaka Ezeani led all players on the afternoon with 22 points, while classmate India Perkins contributed eight points. Both Ezeani and Perkins finished with a game-high 11 rebounds apiece.
Merchant Marine returns to the court tomorrow, Feb. 20, when the Mariners square off against Landmark rival Catholic in the 2015-16 season finale. Tip is set for 4 p.m. at the Cardinals' DuFour Center. Live stats and a live video feed of the game will be available by clicking those links.
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